23 January 2004
Vacancy at the Treasure House
Bob Keeshan, creator and star of the long-running children's TV series Captain Kangaroo, has died at the age of 76.
Keeshan, who made his TV debut on NBC's The Howdy Doody Show as the silent clown Clarabell, signed with CBS in 1955 and demonstrated for the next thirty years how he thought a kids' show ought to be done: gentle, occasional lessons, low commercial load.
Cue up Edward G. White's "Puffin' Billy," a track from an old British production library which became the Captain's first theme song, and watch the ceiling for ping-pong balls.
(Muchas gracias: Laurence Simon, Amish Tech Support.)